Seventh grader contrives the ‘Braigo’, a Braille printer made of Lego bricks
Innovation does come in various shapes and forms. And, this time around, it is embodied as a Lego contrivance. Californian seventh grader Shubham Banerjee has created what might be the answer to those slews of high cost Braille printers. The twelve year old inventor has ingeniously devised the ‘Braigo’, a bantam Braille printer made entirely out of Lego bricks. Utilizing a $350 Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit and a few assorted hardware items from Home Depot, the end result is a nifty device that goes beyond its science fair project label.
In terms of design, the Braigo is actually based on the blueprints of available printers in the market. However, its internal working components have undergone a significant change. For example, the Lego-based robotic arms of the device positions the ‘push pin’ module to create the Braille pattern on a regular calculator paper. Each of these letters are printed along each line of the paper, while the rate of printing (for one letter) oscillates between five to seven seconds. As expected, this is a bit on the slower side; but further developments are still carried forth by our kid scientist.
And, more than just technology, it is the conscientious implication of the Braigo that sets it apart from other products. For starters, the low cost DIY design with its successful demonstration of Braille printing might just change the cost pattern of more ‘complex’ contraptions. Moreover, Banerjee is not looking forth to mass commercialization of his invention. Rather he hopes for an open source platform, which would surely make Braille printer accessible and cheaper in at least developing countries.